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SONA was an ‘opportunity lost’ to reassure public – CPLO

The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) has released its reading of President Cyril Ramaphosa's 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on...

Second SONA of 2019 — offers hope, encourages resilience, lacks detail

In his assessment of the latest SONA, Peter-John Pearson, the priest-director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, congratulates the president for his attempts at restoring hope and reinvigorating a listless nation, while warning that inspiring arias alone won't go far.

SONA 2018: An ethicist’s perspective

While offering no quick fix solutions, Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech was nothing less than a call to renewed cooperation for the common good, says Anthony Egan SJ. He analyses the president's maiden address from a position of Catholic Social Teaching and looks at the ethics that might underpin the president's term.

Has Cyril hit the bullseye?

Civil society has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden address to the nation during SONA 2018 and his government’s plans to get the country back on its development pathway.

Run, Ramaphosa, run well

A few days ago early morning runners and cyclists bumped into South Africa's new president as he took his morning run in Cape Town. In January exercise enthusiasts in Port Elizabeth also bumped into the president when he was in their city for the ANC's birthday celebrations. Claire Mathieson ponders the lessons a running enthusiast learns on the road. She thinks that many of them could offer Ramaphosa helpful insights as he takes over running the country.

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Tribute to Andrew Mlangeni: champion against corruption

On 21 July 2020, the last remaining Rivonia trialist Andrew Mokete Mlangeni, who jailed with Nelson Mandela during the anti-apartheid struggle, died...